“Technology is more than hardware. Technology consists of the designs and the environments that engage learners” ─D. Jonassen
We are asked to look for either latest gadget, software, material, or tool in terms of educational technology that is available in the market and to download an educational application for Android or iOS gadgets which is relevant to science (our major) or classroom management. We study how it works and explained its purpose among the class individually. The pictures below are the gadget and application I found, the Microscope Camera and the Periodic Table.
- High quality microscope USB digital camera offering 640 x 480 effective pixel resolution, compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
- Captures still images and streams real-time videos on your computer screen
- User-friendly editing and processing software for Windows offers advanced features including stitching, EDF (Extended Depth of Focus) and measurement.
How to use:
- Hook up the camera to a laptop to display images of samples and specimens for all to see.
Periodic Table (by Royal Society of Chemistry)
- See elements in their natural state and real-life applications.
- Check out podcasts and videos.
- Use an interactive slider to see how elements change state as temperature increases, or explore the discovery of the elements through history.
- Customise the app to see only what interests the user.
- Use simple table for quick access to data – like sorting elements in order of increasing density.
In today’s educational world, the availability of technology for the classroom provides teachers with the capability to substantially enhance instruction and to support students’ learning. It is important to use these gadgets and applications effectively. I recognize that using technology in learning is a practice that motivate and inspire students, so as a future educator, I need to be digitally literate and trained to use information and communications technology to properly and efficiently assist the development of my future students’ higher order thinking skills, to provide them more creative and new ways of classroom management, as well as to help them be aware and deal with the continuous technological change in the society.